By Dianne R. Davis
2015 New Year's Resolutions by Local Personalities
Have you already broken your new year's resolution(s)? Never made any? We check in with a few of our fabulous Las Vegas personalities to find out what their resolutions are. Here are a few:
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.The English celebrity writer is famous for hosting Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in the mid-1980s into the mid-1990s which focused on profiling well-known celebrities and their lavish lifestyles. His voice is often parodied by other actors with his signature phrase, "champagne wishes and caviar dreams”.
He currently resides in Las Vegas and writes the dailyVegasDeluxe.com web-site. You can also read his columns in the Las Vegas Sun.
RESOLUTION: My New Years resolution is to laugh more heartily. I don’t spend enough time laughing because of 24/7 work and deadlines. I believe laughter is the medicine for the soul and body and a key to longer life.
If you laugh well you live and love fully. It leads to growth and success which means life is enriched beyond belief. Oh - and also to learn to eat and drink more wisely (that means proper juicing) so that the stomach shrinks - at least a little!
Keith Thompson is the Musical Director for Jersey Boys currently playing at Paris Las Vegas on the Vegas strip and is a co-founder with Michael Brennan of The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas, a monthly entertainment forum that allows local composers and songwriters the opportunity to present original musical material to a supportive audience in an informal cabaret-style setting at the Cabaret Jazz Room at the Smith Center.
RESOLUTION: Professional: To secure sponsorship to underwrite the Composers Showcase so that we can begin to build a benevolent fund to help with music scholarships and community needs.
Personal: To spend more time communicating with people either face to face or on the phone instead of depending on texting and emails for my personal interactions with friends and colleagues.
That's all I can handle.
Randal Keith is best known to his fans as Jean Valjean, the hero of Victor Hugo's classic novel and the lead character in Les Misérables, the world's most popular musical. He performed in Spamalot at the Wynn Resort Theatre in Las Vegas and was one of the stars of the popular Phat Pack show. He is currently appearing in ShowStoppers at the Wynn Las Vegas.
RESOLUTION: This year has ended so well for me that many of my goals have been met. I am going to try and be much healthier so that I can be strong and stay with this show for a very long time and learn to save money so that when I'm out of work next time I will have a padding to survive on for a bit.
Suzannah Bianco, an Olympic Gold medalist Synchronized Swimmer is currently a performer with the “O” show in Las Vegas.
RESOLUTION: To do oil pulling four days a week. It's a method of tooth/mouth care in Ayurvedic Bmedicine that is 1000's of years old. Egyptians used it as well and King Tut's mummy had ZERO cavities!
“Crazy” JAY BIRD Jay
“Crazy” Jay began his radio career in 1992 . Jay was a huge fan of the Dr. Demento Show who in fact gave him the name “Crazy” Jay. Jay took the Dr. Demento show ideas to his show, played funny music, and started interviewing many of the local artists on the show who would submit funny songs and have them come to the show and do them LIVE in the studio.
The Rocking Comedy Show became a podcast in 2004 with funny news, bits, main stream music with the comedy, interviews and more.
RESOLUTION: 2014 was a pretty damn good year for me and the show and my radio station, so I am gonna keep it selfish this year and do more to get me and the show/station noticed. You can listen live daily Mondays and Thursdays 7:00pm (pst) Tues, Weds, & Fridays 3:00pm (pst).www.rockingcomedyradio.com #1 Podcast in Las Vegas
Twitter @rockingcomedy. Facebook The Rocking Comedy Show
Bill Fayne was Musical Director for Clint Holmes for 33 years years and they have been close friends for 50 years.He has written and produced multiple shows utilizing some of the best talent in Las Vegas. He is currently found at Pia's Place at Piero's onFriday and saturday evenings accompanying Pia Zadora in an intimate setting.
RESOLUTION: I resolve to be alive to resolve again next year! To do that, I plan to make good food choices and get more rest, even though those who know me may wonder if that is possible for me.
British Royal Command performer, Ben Stone, from Liverpool, England is a multi-talented entertainer. Not only a gifted Singer / Songwriter and Musician, but also a renowned Comedy Magician & Host. Ben recently made his fifth headline appearance to date at the world famous ‘Home of Variety’, the London Palladium Theatre in London’s West End and has starred in several Las Vegas shows including ‘Britain’s Top Talent’ and ‘Variety Live’ at the Orleans Hotel & Casino as well as being the featured host of the celebrated ‘Vegas Magic Theatre’ and ‘World Stars of Magic’ shows at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. Ben currently tours the world with his girlfriend, American Idol Star, Jasmine Trias.
Hawaiian born Filipino- American, Jasmine Trias, rose to fame as a Top Three Finalist on Season 3 of the hit TV Talent Show ‘American Idol’. Jasmine is an International Platinum-Selling Recording Artist (with Universal Records), Las Vegas Headliner (first starring at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in 2007) and has performed live on tour to sell-out audiences at concert arenas and stadiums in over 50 major cities across the United States and around the world. She is a beloved household name in her native Hawaii, and has had tremendous success in Asia, particularly in the Philippines, where she achieved super stardom.
Jasmine: As well as our own private, more personal New Year’s resolutions, we do have some joint resolutions we make together.
Ben: One of the most difficult resolutions for me is simply to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014!
Jasmine: In our professional life, we always strive to improve and fine-tune our craft. We push ourselves to practice and rehearse more often, work on new material and try to perfect what we do.
Ben: We try to step outside our comfort zone to force ourselves to get better. And we always seek to learn from our mentors and idols. We generally just do our best to be as creative as we possibly can be in everything we do.
Jasmine: We hope to focus more time and energy on helping others and supporting those in need. We’d like to do even more charity work in the year ahead.
Ben: Our travel schedule can limit our availability, but we try to find causes near and dear to our hearts to support, whether that be individuals in need or organizations that we feel make the biggest difference.
Jasmine: We’re fortunate that we get to travel together to perform. We try to make a conscious effort to travel to countries and places we’ve never visited or performed in before and experience and learn from different cultures.
Ben: We believe that the energy we send out into the world is what we get back tenfold, so we strive to have a positive outlook on life. We try hard not to sweat the small stuff and find it best to see obstacles as learning opportunities which, admittedly, is sometimes easier said than done!
Jasmine: We often have to remind each other to live in the moment and appreciate successes more. Our schedule sometimes gets so busy that we work hard to accomplish a goal, like a successful performance, and then immediately move on to the next show without taking time to properly enjoy it.
Ben: Definitely; we should all stop and smell the roses every now and then!
We have an exciting and busy year ahead. We’ll be touring our brand new full-length show together around the US. We’ll also be traveling to Europe to appear in some festival shows, which will be our first time performing there together. We’ll definitely be performing in Asia later this year, as well. Aside from our live shows, we’ll be in the recording studio a lot more. We’re also currently working on a couple of TV / media projects and should have more details to announce soon.
Okay, guess I should include myself in this one.
Dianne Davis is a writer specializing in entertaiment. But more. She is a stand up comic, a better than average bowler, a certified scuba diver, and hopefully fun to be around.
RESOLUTION: Work on whatever it takes to be healthy so I can stick around for a long long time and have a lot of new adventures with my fabulous husband Burt.
AVN Media Announces Behind-the-Scenes Hosts for 2015 Awards Show
Superstars Dana DeArmond, Karlie Montana, & Joanna Angel Tapped for Coveted Roles
CHATSWORTH, Calif./ January 9, 2015- AVN Media Network, organizer of the annual AVN Awards, has named adult superstars Dana DeArmond and Karlie Montana Red Carpet Hosts for the 2015 AVN Awards, with superstar performer/director Joanna Angel serving as the shows Backstage Host.
The most prestigious event in the adult entertainment industry, the AVN Awards take place at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
As Red Carpet Hosts, Dana DeArmond and Karlie Montana will have a highly visible and prestigious assignment as they will interview a variety of adult industry performers and comment on the progress of the evening.
DeArmond and Montana will be among the hundreds of media members, including those from more than two dozen nations, who are expected to attend the adult industry's premier event. Their interviews will be featured as part of AVNs annual cable TV special on the show.
In her role as the official Backstage Insider, adult performer/director Joanna Angel will cover the unscripted, highly improvisational, spontaneously sexual, and hilarious behind-the-scenes action during the 2015 AVN Awards show. Her interviews will compose a big portion of the cable broadcast.
Dana DeArmond, most famously known as The Internets Girlfriend, gained popularity before she ever stepped in front of a camera, as an Internet personality with over 300,000 friends on MySpace. A much-respected performer since 2005, with nearly 500 films to her credit, the beautiful, leggy brunette was CAVRs Siren of the Year in 2008 and was honored with a 2012 AVN Award for Best Girl / Girl Scene, for her performance in Belladonna: Sexual Explorer. She is nominated for five separate AVN Awards this year, including Best Boy/Girl Scene, Best Girl/Girl Scene, and Most Outrageous Sex Scene.
“I am very excited I was asked to host the red carpet for the second year in a row. Last year was a lot of fun and now that I sort of have an idea what I'm doing - a little joke - I think this year will be even better!” DeArmond said. "With me on red carpet duty, and Tommy Pistol as one of the co-hosts, this might be the most entertaining AVN Awards show ever."
Redhead stunner Karlie Montana is an Arizona native who has appeared in over 100 adult films since age 18. She has worked for such notable companies as Vivid, Hustler, Evil Angel, Club Jenna, Elegant Angel, and more, leading to numerous nominations for the AVN Awards. Montanas 2015 AVN Awards noms include Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene, Best Group Sex Scene, and Best Solo Tease Performance.
"I am beyond excited to be picked as a Red Carpet Host for this years AVN Awards!" exclaimed Montana. "Its such an honor to be chosen by AVN for such a special gig. I plan to have a blast interviewing the sexy talent and getting to perv on the new girls to see who I might want to bang. Ive been in this business 10 years now, so I'm happy to finally get involved in the show! It's been a long time coming - hope you're ready for me AVN!"
Adult performer/director Joanna Angel is the owner of BurningAngel Entertainment, which pioneered a new species of erotica known as "alt porn." Already a multiple AVN Award winner, Angel and her company have been honored with 16 nominations for the 2015 show, including nods for Best Director-Parody, Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene, Best Comedy, Best POV Release, Best Big Bust Release, and Best POV Sex Scene.
"This is truly an honor to have such an integral part of the biggest event in of the year in the adult industry." Angel said. "I know very well what an incredible feeling it is to win an AVN award and I want to capture everyone's honest and raw emotions in the interviews I conduct back stage. Tommy Pistol and I started in this industry together - and I think it's amazing that he'll be up front while I'm in the back. It's like we're double teaming everyone!"
"Dana, Karlie, and Joanna are amazingly talented and among the best female performers in adult," said AVN CEO Theo Sapoutzis. "They are smart, beautiful, energetic, and have a great sense of humor. I think the fans will agree that they will definitely add a lot to the 2015 AVN Awards."
Over 300 adult industry performers are highlighted at the AVN Awards Show Red Carpet each year. Industry superstars and principals will all be available for photos and interviews during what Entertainment Tonight has dubbed the "Oscars of the adult industry." The AVN Awards is a must-attend, must-see event, with plenty of interview and content opportunities for any media outlet, and for viewers of all ages and demographics.
Adult superstars Alexis Texas and Tommy Pistol will co-host the 2015 AVN Awards with popular standup comic Danielle Stewart serving as comedic host.
About the AVN Awards
The 32nd annual AVN Awards Show will be co-hosted by popular adult stars Alexis Texas and Tommy Pistol, both of whom won big at last years show: Texas garnered a Fan Award for Hottest Ass while Pistol was named Best Actor for his turn in BurningAngels Evil Head.
In addition to entertaining patter from the hosts, the AVN Awards Show also features equal servings of live comedy, music, and dance numbers. And before the show even starts theres the red carpet pre-show, which draws the biggest stars of the adult industry, all dressed in eye-poppingly sexy ensembles.
The AVN Awards Show is the culmination of AVN Week, a series of events produced byAVN Media Networkat Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, beginning with Internext, followed by the AVN Novelty Expo and the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, and culminating with the AVN Awards Show. Fans may purchase general admission tickets, VIP table seating options, or one of these special packages:
The Golden Ticket Pass includes a VIP Ticket in a luxury box suite, three drink tickets, entry into the official AVN Awards After Party, and an Extreme VIP Pass to the AVN Expo for Saturday, January 24.
The VIP Backstage Pass includes access to the VIP Suite, a backstage tour, access to the Official AVN Awards Red Capet and show rehearsal, a premium swag bag, and a chance to meet the hosts, a table at the official AVN Awards After Party, five drink tickets, and an Extreme VIP Pass to the AVN Expo for Saturday, January 24.